The ECSCG is a joint coordination and advisory group established to coordinate the cyber security for aviation standardisation activities.

The plenary membership of the ECSCG is composed of:


ACI EUROPE is the European region of Airports Council International, the only global association of airport operators. It leads and serves the European airport industry and maintains strong links with other ACI regions throughout the world. Based in Brussels (Belgium), ACI EUROPE represents over 500 airports in 46 European countries. Our members facilitate over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe: 2.5 billion passengers, 20.7 million tonnes of freight and 25.7 million aircraft movements in 2019. In response to the Climate Emergency, in June 2019 our members committed to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions for operations under their control by 2050, without offsetting.

The organisation’s membership is comprised of airport operators of all sizes, along with national airport associations, educational establishments and world business partners in associated industries. Working together in association, ACI EUROPE ensures effective communication and negotiation with legislative, commercial, technical, environmental, passenger and other interests.

ACI EUROPE promotes the exchange of industry know-how through our internal committee structure and extensive schedule of conferences and exhibitions. By actively seeking the views of airport members, it generates comprehensive common policies that serve as a reference to the entire aviation industry. ACI EUROPE works on a day-to-day basis with the institutions of the European Union, the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the full spectrum of the air transport supply and wider aviation sector.


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The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) represents the aeronautics, space, defence and security industries in Europe in all matters of common interest with the objective of promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector. ASD's membership is composed of major European aerospace and defence companies and national associations. In 2014 over 3000 aeronautics, space and defence companies in these countries employed more than 795,000 people and generated a turnover of €199.4 billion.

Standards are essential to the aviation industry in order to meet objectives related in particular to safety and interoperability and also reliability and performance. Standards and specifications also contribute significantly to the success of many of industry’s collaborative or individual projects in SESAR, and form a large part of their deliverables.

The EASCG’s European ATM standards rolling development plan provides industry with both clarity and steering concerning ATM standard-making activities, in addition to enabling a collaborative risk-monitoring in support of the SES implementation and the shift to more performance-based regulation.

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CANSO Europe

CANSO – the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation – is the global voice of air traffic management (ATM) worldwide.  CANSO Members support over 80% of world air traffic. Members share information and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving air navigation services (ANS) on the ground and in the air. CANSO represents the views of its Members to a wide range of aviation stakeholders, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, where it has official Observer status. CANSO has an extensive network of Associate Members drawn from across the aviation industry.

CANSO’s objectives in Europe are: to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable air traffic management system across Europe; and strengthen air traffic management (ATM) performance. CANSO Europe acts as the voice of the ATM industry in Europe with industry partners and European institutions; represent the interests of air navigation service providers; and seek to steer the development and implementation of European legislation.


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CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) are recognized by the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as European Standardization Organizations responsible for developing standards in relation to a wide range of materials, processes, products and services.

The members of CEN and CENELEC are the National Standardization Bodies and National Electrotechnical Committees of 33 European countries. European Standards (ENs) and other standardization deliverables that have been adopted by CEN and CENELEC are accepted and recognized in all of these countries. European Standards (ENs) are developed through a process of collaboration among experts nominated by business and industry, public authorities, research institutes, consumer and environmental organisations and other stakeholders. When correctly applied, they contribute to enhancing safety, improving performance and quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. CEN and CENELEC cooperate with the European Commission to develop and adopt harmonized standards and other deliverables that support the implementation of EU policies and legislation. The domains covered by CEN and CENELEC  are numerous: aerospace, chemistry, construction, consumer, electro-technical, ICT,... 

Air Traffic Management is one of them. The CEN/TC 377 “Air Traffic Management” has developed standards in the area of Information security and software assurance levels. In this frame CEN and CENELEC participate in the European Air Traffic Standardization Coordination Group (EASCG).

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EASA mission

  • Ensure the highest common level of safety protection for EU citizens
  • Ensure the highest common level of environmental protection
  • Single regulatory and certification process among Member States
  • Facilitate the internal aviation single market & create a level playing field
  • Work with other international aviation organisations & regulators

EASA tasks

  • Draft implementing rules in all fields pertinent to the EASA mission
  • Certify & approve products and organisations, in fields where EASA has exclusive competence (e.g. airworthiness)
  • Provide oversight and support to Member States in fields where EASA has shared competence (e.g. Air Operations , Air Traffic Management)
  • Promote the use of European and worldwide standards
  • Cooperate with international actors in order to achieve the highest safety level for EU citizens globally (e.g. EU safety list, Third Country Operators authorisations)

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European Commission

As originator and promoter of the ECSCG, the European Commission, full member of the ECSCG, is financially supporting the work of the ECSCG through a grant to EUROCAE, which provides ECSCG's secretariat.

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The European Defence Agency was established under a Joint Action of the Council of Ministers on 12 July, 2004, "to support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future”. 

On 12 July 2011, the Council adopted a Decision defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency. This Council decision replaced the Council Joint Action. 

The European Defence Agency, within the overall mission set out in the Joint Action, is ascribed four functions:

  • developing defence capabilities;
  • promoting defence Research and Technology;
  • promoting armaments cooperation;
  • creating a competitive European Defence Equipment Market and strengthening the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base.

EDA acts as a catalyst, promotes collaborations, launches new initiatives and introduces solutions to improve defence capabilities. It is the place where Member States willing to develop capabilities in cooperation do so. It is also a key facilitator in developing the capabilities necessary to underpin the Common Security and Defence Policy of the Union.


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EUROCAE currently has over 300 members, including industry, service providers, regulators, research institutes and international organisations.

EUROCAE membership is open to organisations and industries worldwide. EUROCAE in the interest of its stakeholders, develops technical specifications for the industry and in support of regulations, aiming to increase safety, market potential, facilitate interoperability and encourage technological development.

The development of EUROCAE documents is governed by a well-proven core process promoting team work, excellence, industry buy-in and consensus while ensuring safety. To date, EUROCAE has published more than 200 EUROCAE documents EDs, which are recognised worldwide as high quality and state of the art standards.

Working Groups (WGs) are well known in the aviation environment and their competencies are recognised in Europe by the European Commission, the EASA, EUROCONTROL, the European CAAs, Airports, ANSP’s, Airlines, etc... and internationally by ICAO, US FAA, IATA, CANSO and many more.

WGs are tasked to develop standards and other technical or operational specifications with a key objective to deliver documents resulting from a consensus-driven process by the involved members and submitted to a worldwide open consultation. EUROCAE WGs currently involve more than 1 400 experts from more than 30 countries around the globe participating and contributing on voluntary basis.

Several EUROCAE WGs are developing documents jointly or in close collaboration with partner organisations like RTCA, SAE and ARINC.

EUROCAE has been committed to the ECSCG since its creation, and is providing the Secretariat function for the group.

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EUROCONTROL is an intergovernmental organisation with 41 member States, committed to building, together with its partners, a Single European Sky that will deliver the air traffic management (ATM) performance required for the twenty-first century and beyond. EUROCONTROL helps its Member States run safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly air traffic operations throughout the European region. EUROCONTROL is a key actor in developing and supporting all regional and global standardisation activities relevant for ATM. In this context EUROCONTROL prepares and publishes “EUROCONTROL Specifications” defining technical and/or operational procedures, as well as “EUROCONTROL Guidelines” providing implementation support activities to its stakeholders.

More information on published EUROCONTROL Specifications and Guidelines can be found here.

EUROCONTROL, as an organisation involved in the planning and development of ATM-related standards, is a plenary member of the EASCG.

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ETSI is one of the world’s leading standards development organizations for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Founded initially to serve European needs, ETSI has grown rapidly to become highly-respected as a producer of technical standards for worldwide use. In addition to our global focus, ETSI is formally recognized by the European Commission as a European Standardization Organization (ESO) and is thus deemed competent to produce Community Specifications under the Single European Sky Interoperability Regulation (552/2004) as well as Harmonised Standards for ground ATM Equipment under the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU).

ETSI membership is composed of manufacturers and network operators – all the “big names” and many smaller companies too – plus national administrations, ministries, regulators, universities, research groups, consultancies and user organizations. A powerful and dynamic mix of skills, resources and ambitions, all working together to bring the very best ICT solutions to the global marketplace. Geographically, our membership of over 800 companies and organizations is drawn from more than 60 countries on 5 continents.

In the aeronautical sector, ETSI is involved in the production of European Norms in support of the Single European Sky as well as Harmonised Standards for ground ATM equipment, meteorological radars, aeronautical satellite services, direct air-to-ground communication, communication on board aircraft and much more.

ETSI has also more than 100 partnerships in place including EUROCAE, EASA, SJU and ICAO. ETSI is independent of all other organizations and structures, a key feature for ensuring neutrality and trustworthiness. That brings benefits not only in the acceptance of our standards and other publications, but also in our growing range of ancillary services, such as interoperability testing which is very important in the aeronautical sector as well.

ETSI's standardization activities are open to all interested companies and organizations. For more information about how you can be involved, please visit For details about ETSI's current activities in aeronautics, please visit  and select TGAERO.

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SAE International

SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society. SAE International is a not-for-profit, non-lobbying technical organisation and membership association with 138,000 members in over 100 countries. SAE International is the largest non-government mobility standards developing organisation in the world.  SAE International’s Aerospace Standards programme comprises over 8,600 consensus technical reports developed and maintained by over 180 technical committees and subcommittees across all facets of aviation. These technical reports include Aerospace Standards (AS), Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS), Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARP) and Aerospace Information Reports (AIR) and address standards and recommended practices for aircraft & systems design, safety assessment, integration, quality, operations, maintenance, aviation electronic equipment, mechanical systems, flight controls, parts and materials.  SAE technical committees are comprised of subject matter technical experts from industry, government and research from the aviation sector around the world.

SAE’s G-32 Cyber Physical Systems Security Committee (CPSS) is developing documents addressing CPSS intended for multi-sector, cross-industry (commercial, defense, and other high reliability and/or critical systems in aerospace, automotive, transportation, medical, etc.) use to address weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the system and system elements (e.g. software, firmware, hardware). Cross-industry/cross-sector participation actively participating in the committee includes members from industry (e.g. Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Medical Devices, Industrial Control Devices, IoT, and Banking & Finance), government, and academia.  Further information is available on SAE’s Cybersecurity Knowledge Hub.

SAE’s standards offering is completed by the SAE Ground Vehicle and Systems Management Programs and supported by SAE’s industry-recognized events such as SAE AeroTech, professional development, and a portfolio of over 150,000 technical publications, journals and books for the aviation, automotive and commercial vehicle sectors.


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